What Should Elem. School Foreign Language Instruction Look Like?
Original post made by Paul Losch, Community Center, on Mar 25, 2007
Foreign Language Instruction at the Elementary School Level in PAUSD
We have had Spanish Immersion for a dozen years. Mandarin Immersion has been a lively topic of late. We have a strategic planning and priority setting process that will get under way later this year. A new Superintendent will be selected. A FLES task force will begin work in the fall to study how foreign language instruction could be implemented at our elementary schools.
So, what does that mean? What would it look like? What are must have's, what are nice to have's? What might be some unintended consequences? What about the financial implications?
In the interest of full disclosure, I was heavily involved in getting Spanish Immersion introduced to the District some years ago, I have been in support of Mandarin Immersion (although I am not a member of PACE.) I consider myself to be primarily an advocate of having foreign language instruction at the elementary school level, and believe that it should become part of District policy.
But, I am just a parent like everyone else, and do not control this bulletin board. I may offer my thoughts from time to time, if I think I can provide some helpful perspective, but I am now about to push the button to send this, and I hope it engenders a worthwhile discussion on a topic that has the attention of many in this community.